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The Narcissism Epidemic by Jean M. Twenge
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Feb 20, 12

bookshelves: nonfiction
Read from February 13 to 19, 2012

This is pop psychology at it's worst. The subject matter was interesting and the fact that it was written by two psychologists seemed promising but reading through it was painful. The authors had the same repetoir of about 15 examples that they used over and over and over again. They also used anecdotes and lame attempts at humour instead of studies as examples. Not all the time, but enough times to be annoying. Throughout the book, religion is hinted at (then explicitly stated) as the cure for all narcissistic ills. This seems to make very little sense especially when the examples are brought up that seem to point to religion's ability to feed into narcissistic behaviour.

In the end, I felt like I learned no more about the subject than when I started. In fact, the same level of substance can be derived from listening to Lily Allen's "The Fear" but with much more enjoyment.
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